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Joseph Schwartz - "A Peculiar Blind Spot: Why Did 'Radical' Political Theory Ignore the Rampant Rise in Inequality Over the Past Thirty Years?"

Mon, February 18, 2013 • 3:00 PM • CLA 1.302B

Professor
 Joseph
 M.
 Schwartz, Department
 of 
Political
 Science
, Temple
 University



This
 talk
 explores
 why
 in
 the
 past
 thirty
 years
 most
 political
 theorists
 have
 failed
 to
 address
 the
 debilitating
 effects
 of
 
 growing
 inequality
 on
 people’s
 lives
 and
 on
 democratic
 s
ociety.
 
 It
 shows
 that
 most
 theorists
 have
 overlooked
 individuals’
 limited
 ability
 to
 resist
 material
 realities
 such
 as
 poverty 
or
 the 
structure of
 authority 
in 
the
 workplace.


D
r. 
Schwartz 
is 
the 
author
 of several
 books
 and 
articles
 on
 inequality
 and
 democracy,
 including
 most
 recently
 The
 
Future
 of
 Democratic
 Equality:
 Reconstructing
 Social
 Solidarity
 in
 a
 Fragmented
 United
 States
 (2009),
 winner
 of
 the
 American
 Political
 Science
 2011
 David
 Easton
 award
 for
 the
 best
 book 
in
 political 
theory.


Sponsored by the Power, History, and Society (PHS) Graduate Student and Faculty Network and the Department of Sociology.


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